Introducing Posted Stitches

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After working on it quietly in the for the last few months, I’m finally ready to introduce you to a new collaborative project I’ve been working on. It’s called Posted Stitches and it’s a monthly art quilt challenge that I’m doing with, Bev Laing, a bright and talented artist, writer and crafter who I met through my podcast.

She’s a 35-year-old Canadian living in Australia. I’m a 32-year-old American living in America. We’ve never met, but that doesn’t really matter because but be both like to stitch. Bev is an Oxford grad with a background in art history and a wonderful talent for whimsical sketches with ink. (Scroll down to see the sketch she did of us stitching while perched on mailboxes below.)

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I just love her sketches. Anyway, Bev and I became pen pals and after I saw the sketches she penned all over the letters she sent, I knew she’d be the perfect partner for a monthly quilt challenge. You can read the back story over at the Posted Stitches site.

Each month we swap parcels of fabric, beads, buttons and other notions and challenge each other to make a 10″ x 10″ art quilt. There’s a mutually agreed upon theme that we use as our guide to create our quilts. Our plan is to document this year-long project and post photos of our progress.

We kicked things off in June, making self-portrait quilts. (Mine is at the top of this post.) But we took our time building the site, and plan to publish the July results in the coming days. Soon our posts will be up-to-date and you’ll be able to watch our projects evolve as we make them.

As someone who usually creates handmade goods that can either be worn or used in some other practical way, I’m really enjoying having a reason to make a piece of art every month. And having a partner in this creative experiment has been tremendous fun. We do our “reveals” via Skype. Isn’t technology great?!

I’m finding that I’m creating my quilts on deadline because my schedule doesn’t allow much time for leisure art-making. But I’d rather be creating on deadline that not creating at all.

So, have a look at Posted Stitches when you get a moment and let us know what you think. Enjoy!

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